277 people accidently drowned in 2021 in UK, with 47% of these deaths in the 3 summer months; July the worst month.  Significant majority – 62% – drowned inland, especially in rivers, lakes & canals.

The UK’s National Water Safety Forum is coming together to launch its first ever campaign, Respect The Water, in response the World Health Organisation (WHO) call to ‘do one thing’ to prevent drowning ahead of the second ever United Nations (UN) World Drowning Prevention Day on Monday 25th July.

The campaign focuses on who to call if you see someone struggling in the water, reminding the public that for inland locations you should call 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service, but for coastal locations you should call 999 and ask for Coastguard. For the River Thames call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Author: Michael Barratt MBE, Construction Advisory & Innovations Manager, Transport for London

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